Jamie Seeman Internship

Name: 
Jamie Seeman
Major: 
Agronomy and Environmental Studies
Hometown: 
Beaman, Iowa
Company/Organization: 
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Location: 
Evansville, Indiana

Describe your internship responsibilities:

My responsibilities included meeting with farmers and landowners to discuss erosion problems, possible solutions, and ultimately developing a conservation plan that addressed the erosion problems. I also was provided the opportunity to assist in the survey, design, and construction of numerous erosion control structures such as grass waterways and water and sediment control basins.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
I enjoyed getting the opportunity to use what I have learned during my college career out in the field in real life situations. I also enjoyed getting to know the farmers and landowners I worked with. It was a great opportunity to learn about the differences in agriculture between Iowa and Indiana.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
My internship experience confirmed that this is the type of work that I want to do after I graduate. I really enjoyed using my professional knowledge to help farmers and landowners manage their land in a way that is economically profitable for them yet still environmentally responsible.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I utilized Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services a great deal. Mike Gaul helped me polish my resume before the Career Fair, where I met contacts that connected me with this internship possibility.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
Network with as many people possible in your area of interest. It really pays off to take a few minutes to show them how interested you are. If you make a positive impression, they may remember you for many years when they come across an opportunity in your area of interest.